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Despite star’s suspension, N. Andover team excelled

As it steamrolled into the state tournament, the North Andover girls’ volleyball team did not let the controversy surrounding former captain Erin Cox slow its momentum.

Cox, a four-year varsity player, was suspended for five games and stripped of her captaincy by school officials last month after she was identified as being at a house party in Boxford where alcohol was present. Cox said she went to the party to drive a drunken classmate home. The suspension prompted a debate over the zero-tolerance policy enforced by North Andover school officials, with Cox at the center of a national debate over trying to do the right thing.

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